Apr 10 AT 10:12 PM Sean Riley 42 Comments

ASUS Transformer Pad 300 gets an early retail debut, may start at $379

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ASUS certainly isn’t going to be challenging Samsung anytime soon for the “ridiculous number of tablets crown,” but with the Transformer Prime TF700T, the 370T (Nexus tablet?) and of course the Transformer Pad 300 pictured above, they aren’t exactly slouches either.

Those first two are certainly grabbing a few more headlines as the TF700T is basically a Transformer Prime with a 1920×1200 display – and while that may not be resolutionary (yeah I just threw up a little) – it’s definitely a welcome upgrade to an already fantastic piece of hardware. Then of course you have the 370T, which fortunately or unfortunately may have been co-opted by Google to do duty as the first true Nexus tablet.

The Transformer Pad 300 still deserves a look as well though, as it offers virtually all of the features of the Transformer Prime with just a slightly diminished screen (IPS rather than IPS+) and a thicker frame being the two concessions. Your reward for accepting those compromises is a fairly significant savings with the 16GB version of the Transformer Pad 300 ringing up for just $379 and just $20 more for 32GB (according to a J&R representative that spoke to the Verge). The same representative claimed that they should have them in stock “in about a week.” Internationally, the 32GB Transformer Pad 300 also appeared on the French Tablette Store for â‚¬499.

As you probably surmised from the picture and the Transformer name, the keyboard dock is alive and well for the Transformer Pad 300 and should be setting you back an additional $149.

Anyone looking to save a little coin and go with the Transformer Pad 300 when it launches or do you have your heart set on either the full HD or more pocketable additions to the ASUS tablet family?

Via: The Verge

Source: Android Community

Sean has been with Android and Me for over 4 years and covering mobile for the last 5. He occasionally muses about gadgets and tech outside of the Android universe at Techgasms.

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  • Bryan Stoner

    I will easily recommend this to anyone in the mood for a mid-range tablet. Great price.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Did you just say MID-RANGE? . . . Android users are so in over our heads…

    • AA

      After debacle of an update to ICS with the OG Transformer and Asus’ near silence on the issue, I wouldn’t recommend Asus to anyone.

      • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Homncruse

        Um, my OG Transformer has ICS… and by the way, Asus was one of the first to actually *deliver* ICS to a non-Nexus device.

        • AA

          Yeah, and it changed my near perfect HC tablet to near useless ICS device. Thank you very much.

          Random reboots, boot freeze, …. They sent an update but only problem is that it didn’t fix the most serious issue. I am not the only one. Go to any Tranformer forum there are are literally hundreds of complaints with the issues.

          Asus customer service is non-existant. They are still playing ignorance of the issue. If you are one of the lucky ones that don’t have the problem, thank your lucky stars.

          But I would not recommend Asus to anyone in the future. I would rather buy from a company that doesn’t send out crappy updates, timely or not.

          • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Homncruse

            I guess I’m one of the lucky ones. I didn’t do the OTA update though; I installed CWM on it long ago, so I waited for someone to release a flashable zip of the stock image, and that’s what I used. I also did a factory wipe before applying it, because in the past, upgrading major OS versions of Android has required it for stability. Maybe that’s the key?

  • Lane Chapman

    so same specs, but a lower resolution screen? I think i might have misunderstood but if it does have the same quality specs as the TF Prime, I just might have to get one…

    • thel0nerang3r

      It’s higher resolution. TFPrime has 1280X800, this one is 1920×1200.

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        OMG Go read the post again man…. The 300Model is not the 1080p Prime.

  • uzunoff

    I am waiting for the tf700. Full HD screen is something that you don’t compromise on.
    Btw i wonder if they fixed the case on the pad 300 to improve gps connection.

    • phor11

      It might be something I would compromise on if it adversely affects battery life.
      The 720p experience was already really great for a 10″ screen held at arms length.

  • klotz

    I think i finally found a performance/price ratio that i like in a 10”. Coming in a few different colors they are actually some of the best styled tablets I’ve seen. Gonna grab the red Transformer Pad 300.

  • jonathan3579

    I just don’t see the value in this piece of hardware. 1280×800 needs to be the bottom-line minimum for tablet resolution…

    • msgnyc

      uhh the transformer 300 res is 1280×800 o_O?

    • thel0nerang3r

      You may want to reread the article. It has a resolution of 1920×1200.

      • vid500

        No, the transformer Prime TF700T has an resolution of 1920×1200. The transformer 300 has an 1280×800 res, the same as the current Prime, but a bit scaled down version of it.

        • jonathan3579

          So then what constitutes a “scaled down” version if the resolution isn’t taking a direct hit?

          • vid500

            the 300 has an IPS display and the prime has an IPS+ panel. so they saved a bit money.

  • Chris Lewis

    I would have to see the screens side by side to determine if the price difference is really worth it. But that price is hard to ignore, I might just end up going with the 300!

  • klotz

    Probably gonna be awhile before apps are updated for a 1920 x 1200 display. Even phones are now just getting 720p displays. Until these Hi def screens become more widespread, Developers wont be in a hurry to support them.

  • Scottatron

    It has a 1280×800 screen resolution.

    http://eee.asus.com/eeepad/transformer-300/features/

    The way the article is written is a bit confusing however.

  • vid500

    I was on the waiting list for the Prime, but then I read about the upcoming 700, so I cancelled my order. And I didn’t think that the waiting would feel so long. So now I’m not settling for something less. The HD display,…. Can’t wait.

    • http://www.ndroidgamers.com B2L

      I’m in the same boat as you are, my only debate now is whether I should buy the TF700T or wait around and see what Samsung has to offer with the 11.6″ tab.

      • vid500

        Yes, that’s always the problem. Waiting for something a few months and then you wont to buy it, but then you see a better one. Same here.
        But for me it’s also the keyboard and the extra battery power that got me.

  • ondore

    Asus Asus, you are doing nice PR job, but I am still waiting for 370T introduced in January… Is this only another promise or we can finally buy a real product?

  • lucky

    I really think that this is a good post helped me a lot.
    http://www.tecfreak.com

  • Lucian Armasu

    Asus, make me an 11.6″ Transformer with a 2560×1600 resolution and a dual core 2 Ghz Cortex A15 or a dual core 2.5 Ghz S4 chip with Adreno 3xx. Also make some S-pen like stylus with active digitizer. That would be something I’d like to buy by the end of the year.

    • honourbound68

      “Asus, make me an 11.6″ Transformer with a 2560×1600 resolution and a dual core 2 Ghz Cortex A15 or a dual core 2.5 Ghz S4 chip with Adreno 3xx. Also make some S-pen like stylus with active digitizer. That would be something I’d like to buy by the end of the year.”

      and please make it cheaper than Samsung’s offering which will likely have the same specs lol.

  • LittleGreenDude

    “and while that may not be resolutionary (yeah I just threw up a little)” Lol! I’d still take the TFP700 over the new iPad.

  • yankeesusa

    Asus is really stepping up the game. Although ipad is a stable and sleek tablet I tried for the life of me using my wifes iphone and I found myself going back to my android phone to do things I couldn’t do on the iphone. I think the same goes for the tablets. I will choose an awesome android tablet over ipad anytime. Especially when ipads cost as much as some laptops.Can’t wait for the nexus asus tablet if the rumors are correct. I really hope it costs $150.

    • malc milli

      ill take android phones over iphones, but i’d take an ipad over 3 android tablets.

  • Darren

    I am waiting for a good 7″-ish quad-core Android tablet, wifi or LTE, I’ll be going Windows 8 for my larger tablet.

  • Slith

    TF700T for me. TF300 for the girlfriend!

  • bellken

    I have an Android tablet now, which I like, so, I am waiting to see what happens with the Google tablet. One for me, and, one, or, two for the kids.

  • Yonas

    Its a nice deal,for a Tegra 3 tablet and with quite similar specs to the 500 USD prime its a PERFECT deal,but without sounding like a basher,i personally hate the way ASUS is marketing this as “The first Quad-Core LTE Tablet”,a nice trick but kinda dirty from them,because when you tell people that,they will assume an LTE quad-core tablet,while there are two separate versions of them,one LTE Dual core,and the other WiFi tegra 3 Quad-core.

  • kicost

    here are the detailed specefications of all the transformers…
    http://www.tabtech.de/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/asus_transformer_tf300t_prime_vergleich.jpg
    prime is ahead at the most but tf300 has 1.2Ghz 4plus1 & 1gb ram ddr3 , no super ips panel ,no flash light,640g and 9.9mm thin….

  • spazby

    waiting for an HD screen as well…

  • Aaron

    I have a regular Transformer Prime TF-201. It’s a nice piece of hardware, but I would advise anyone to hold out for the nicer display. Besides being a little on the low-res side, mine has small light leaks around the edges and one little spot that’s always brighter than the rest of the screen.

    • RAPTOR

      I had immediate vomit instinct all two years just from short look at 1280×800 tablets

  • Vyrlokar

    As the proud owner of a TF101, I recommend Asus tablets over, for example, Samsung, Sony or Motorola tablets. they offer IMHO the best value for the price. When I got the Transformer, it was tied for the lowest price on 10.1″ Android tablets with the Acer Iconia. However, the screen is gorgeous (much nicer than the Iconia IMHO) and the dock adds a whole new dimension (though not cheap, the extra battery by itself is worth the price) to it’s use.

    Asus is also doing well update-wise. ICS may have some bugs, but they were the first ones to offer it, other than the Galaxy Nexus (The Transformer Prime got ICS ahead of the Google Experience Xoom), and recent updates have fixed most of the issues. Here in Spain, Xoom owners won’t be getting ICS for a while, and Samsung took it’s sweet time to update to 3.2…

    Personally, I’m waiting for the Nexus Tablet/MeMo. I want a 7″ tablet ;)

  • Nathan D.

    I want the 1920 x 1200 pixel screen on my next tablet :-)

  1. I will easily recommend this to anyone in the mood for a mid-range tablet. Great price.

    • Did you just say MID-RANGE? . . . Android users are so in over our heads…

    • AAGuest 3 years ago

      After debacle of an update to ICS with the OG Transformer and Asus’ near silence on the issue, I wouldn’t recommend Asus to anyone.

      • Um, my OG Transformer has ICS… and by the way, Asus was one of the first to actually *deliver* ICS to a non-Nexus device.

        • AAGuest 3 years ago

          Yeah, and it changed my near perfect HC tablet to near useless ICS device. Thank you very much.

          Random reboots, boot freeze, …. They sent an update but only problem is that it didn’t fix the most serious issue. I am not the only one. Go to any Tranformer forum there are are literally hundreds of complaints with the issues.

          Asus customer service is non-existant. They are still playing ignorance of the issue. If you are one of the lucky ones that don’t have the problem, thank your lucky stars.

          But I would not recommend Asus to anyone in the future. I would rather buy from a company that doesn’t send out crappy updates, timely or not.

          • I guess I’m one of the lucky ones. I didn’t do the OTA update though; I installed CWM on it long ago, so I waited for someone to release a flashable zip of the stock image, and that’s what I used. I also did a factory wipe before applying it, because in the past, upgrading major OS versions of Android has required it for stability. Maybe that’s the key?

  2. so same specs, but a lower resolution screen? I think i might have misunderstood but if it does have the same quality specs as the TF Prime, I just might have to get one…

  3. I am waiting for the tf700. Full HD screen is something that you don’t compromise on.
    Btw i wonder if they fixed the case on the pad 300 to improve gps connection.

    • It might be something I would compromise on if it adversely affects battery life.
      The 720p experience was already really great for a 10″ screen held at arms length.

  4. I think i finally found a performance/price ratio that i like in a 10”. Coming in a few different colors they are actually some of the best styled tablets I’ve seen. Gonna grab the red Transformer Pad 300.

  5. I just don’t see the value in this piece of hardware. 1280×800 needs to be the bottom-line minimum for tablet resolution…

    • uhh the transformer 300 res is 1280×800 o_O?

    • You may want to reread the article. It has a resolution of 1920×1200.

      • No, the transformer Prime TF700T has an resolution of 1920×1200. The transformer 300 has an 1280×800 res, the same as the current Prime, but a bit scaled down version of it.

        • So then what constitutes a “scaled down” version if the resolution isn’t taking a direct hit?

          • the 300 has an IPS display and the prime has an IPS+ panel. so they saved a bit money.

  6. I would have to see the screens side by side to determine if the price difference is really worth it. But that price is hard to ignore, I might just end up going with the 300!

  7. Probably gonna be awhile before apps are updated for a 1920 x 1200 display. Even phones are now just getting 720p displays. Until these Hi def screens become more widespread, Developers wont be in a hurry to support them.

  8. ScottatronGuest 3 years ago

    It has a 1280×800 screen resolution.

    http://eee.asus.com/eeepad/transformer-300/features/

    The way the article is written is a bit confusing however.

  9. I was on the waiting list for the Prime, but then I read about the upcoming 700, so I cancelled my order. And I didn’t think that the waiting would feel so long. So now I’m not settling for something less. The HD display,…. Can’t wait.

    • I’m in the same boat as you are, my only debate now is whether I should buy the TF700T or wait around and see what Samsung has to offer with the 11.6″ tab.

      • Yes, that’s always the problem. Waiting for something a few months and then you wont to buy it, but then you see a better one. Same here.
        But for me it’s also the keyboard and the extra battery power that got me.

  10. Asus Asus, you are doing nice PR job, but I am still waiting for 370T introduced in January… Is this only another promise or we can finally buy a real product?

  11. luckyGuest 3 years ago

    I really think that this is a good post helped me a lot.
    http://www.tecfreak.com

  12. Lucian ArmasuGuest 3 years ago

    Asus, make me an 11.6″ Transformer with a 2560×1600 resolution and a dual core 2 Ghz Cortex A15 or a dual core 2.5 Ghz S4 chip with Adreno 3xx. Also make some S-pen like stylus with active digitizer. That would be something I’d like to buy by the end of the year.

    • “Asus, make me an 11.6″ Transformer with a 2560×1600 resolution and a dual core 2 Ghz Cortex A15 or a dual core 2.5 Ghz S4 chip with Adreno 3xx. Also make some S-pen like stylus with active digitizer. That would be something I’d like to buy by the end of the year.”

      and please make it cheaper than Samsung’s offering which will likely have the same specs lol.

  13. “and while that may not be resolutionary (yeah I just threw up a little)” Lol! I’d still take the TFP700 over the new iPad.

  14. Asus is really stepping up the game. Although ipad is a stable and sleek tablet I tried for the life of me using my wifes iphone and I found myself going back to my android phone to do things I couldn’t do on the iphone. I think the same goes for the tablets. I will choose an awesome android tablet over ipad anytime. Especially when ipads cost as much as some laptops.Can’t wait for the nexus asus tablet if the rumors are correct. I really hope it costs $150.

    • malc milliGuest 3 years ago

      ill take android phones over iphones, but i’d take an ipad over 3 android tablets.

  15. DarrenGuest 3 years ago

    I am waiting for a good 7″-ish quad-core Android tablet, wifi or LTE, I’ll be going Windows 8 for my larger tablet.

  16. TF700T for me. TF300 for the girlfriend!

  17. I have an Android tablet now, which I like, so, I am waiting to see what happens with the Google tablet. One for me, and, one, or, two for the kids.

  18. YonasGuest 3 years ago

    Its a nice deal,for a Tegra 3 tablet and with quite similar specs to the 500 USD prime its a PERFECT deal,but without sounding like a basher,i personally hate the way ASUS is marketing this as “The first Quad-Core LTE Tablet”,a nice trick but kinda dirty from them,because when you tell people that,they will assume an LTE quad-core tablet,while there are two separate versions of them,one LTE Dual core,and the other WiFi tegra 3 Quad-core.

  19. here are the detailed specefications of all the transformers…
    http://www.tabtech.de/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/asus_transformer_tf300t_prime_vergleich.jpg
    prime is ahead at the most but tf300 has 1.2Ghz 4plus1 & 1gb ram ddr3 , no super ips panel ,no flash light,640g and 9.9mm thin….

  20. waiting for an HD screen as well…

  21. AaronGuest 3 years ago

    I have a regular Transformer Prime TF-201. It’s a nice piece of hardware, but I would advise anyone to hold out for the nicer display. Besides being a little on the low-res side, mine has small light leaks around the edges and one little spot that’s always brighter than the rest of the screen.

    • RAPTORGuest 3 years ago

      I had immediate vomit instinct all two years just from short look at 1280×800 tablets

  22. As the proud owner of a TF101, I recommend Asus tablets over, for example, Samsung, Sony or Motorola tablets. they offer IMHO the best value for the price. When I got the Transformer, it was tied for the lowest price on 10.1″ Android tablets with the Acer Iconia. However, the screen is gorgeous (much nicer than the Iconia IMHO) and the dock adds a whole new dimension (though not cheap, the extra battery by itself is worth the price) to it’s use.

    Asus is also doing well update-wise. ICS may have some bugs, but they were the first ones to offer it, other than the Galaxy Nexus (The Transformer Prime got ICS ahead of the Google Experience Xoom), and recent updates have fixed most of the issues. Here in Spain, Xoom owners won’t be getting ICS for a while, and Samsung took it’s sweet time to update to 3.2…

    Personally, I’m waiting for the Nexus Tablet/MeMo. I want a 7″ tablet ;)

  23. I want the 1920 x 1200 pixel screen on my next tablet :-)